Got a new Kindle Fire and want access to the entire Google Android Marketplace instead of the puny Amazon App Store? You came to the right place. In this tutorial we will cover in detail how to install Google Android Market on Kindle Fire. Before starting this tutorial, you will have to have your Kindle Fire rooted and side loading of applications enabled. In order to do this, check our How to root your Kindle Fire tutorial and also How to enable sideloading apps on Kindle Fire tutorial as well.
Now, assuming that your Kindle Fire is rooted and the sideloading is enabled (ES File Explorer also installed for free from Kindle App Store), let’s proceed with actually installing the Google Android Market.
Step 1: Prerequisites
We will need to install several files to begin with (see list below). After download, copy them somewhere on the Kindle Fire. I usually use download folder. All the files I linked to are given for free by their developers.
b. Android Market (com.amarket.apk version 3.1.3)
c. GO Launcher EX (GO_Launcher_EX_V2.65.apk)
d. Root Explorer (not free, can be bought from the Android Marketplace via this link for $3.99)
Not mandatory but nice to have are the following files:
d. Google Maps
Step 2: Installation of GoogleServicesFramework.apk and GO Launcher
a. You’ll need to open ES File Explorer, navigate to the folder where you copied the files and install the first app, the GoogleServicesFramework.apk.
b. Restart your Kindle Fire after the installation
c. Amazon’s default Launcher will not show the Android Marketplace even after you installed it, so you will need to install the GO Launcher EX as well. You can choose it by default or just choose which launcher should start every time you press Home.
d. Install Root Explorer if you haven’t already done it.
Step 3: Installation of the Android Market apk
a. Navigate to the place you copied the com.amarket.apk and install is as a regular app
b. Restart your Kindle Fire
c. Use Root Explorer, navigate to \system\app and mount it as R/W (top center, Mount R/W button)
c. Use Root Explorer and set the rights for the com.amarket.apk in the \system\app folder to be rw-r–r– (long press on the file and set the rights like in the picture).
d. Restart Kindle Fire again
e. Be sure to have GO launcher EX active, open the market and sign in with your Google account
Step 4: Enjoy and let others know about your experience
Note: I tested Netflix downloaded from the Android Market and it does have the latest tablet UI on Kindle Fire!!! Looks and feels very responsive.